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There’s no British Embassy in Honduras. Consular support may be limited in Honduras, with the exception of Tegucigalpa and the Bay Islands, and severely limited in more remote areas. Honduras is seeing a sharp increase in cases of dengue fever, especially in children. As a result, the Honduran Government has declared a state of emergency. The most affected departments are Cortés, Yoro, Olancho, and Santa Bárbara, and the San Pedro Sula metropolitan area. 

Various protests have taken place across Honduras since June 2019. Although normally peaceful, these can rapidly turn violent and be accompanied by a general break-down in law and order, including looting. The police have frequently responded with tear gas; deaths and injuries have also been reported. Although the protests are normally restricted to the main cities (especially Tegucigalpa, San Pedro Sula and La Ceiba), road blocks can occur anywhere at short notice, and these can cause significant travel disruptions; Tegucigalpa’s Tocontin airport was also closed for most of a day in late May. Military police and the army were deployed across the country to restore law and order.

Travel plans may be impacted at short notice. You should avoid all demonstrations, and do not try to pass through blockades. You should follow the advice of local authorities and your tour operator or airline, and monitor local and social media for updates. 

Airlines sometimes modify their schedules at short notice. You should check with your airline before you travel.

The “El Florido” border and the road to the town of Copan are only open from 6am to 9pm. Please monitor the situation with your tour operator and with the local authorities (COPECO) and the National Institute of Migration.


Health Issues

Malaria is not present in the major cities of Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula, but virtually every other lowland destination in Honduras is described as a malarial hot spot by the Centers for Disease Control. Visitors should see their doctor about a prescription for antimalarial drugs prior to traveling to Honduras, and vigilantly apply insect repellent throughout their visit. The CDC also recommends a standard battery of travel vaccinations such as hepatitis A; given the role eco-tourism plays in Honduras, typhoid and rabies shots also should be added to that list.

Personal Safety

The US State Department describes crime as "endemic" in Honduras, and Americans visiting the country have been victims of violent crimes such as murder, kidnapping and rape. The agency recommends avoiding travel with strangers, keeping a car's windows and doors locked at traffic stops, and not resisting robbery attempts as Honduran criminals are usually armed. Also, the country suffers periodic political unrest following the mid-2009 coup, and Americans should do their best to avoid any political demonstrations they encounter.


Honduras occupies an eco-tourist niche competing with both Belize and Costa Rica. The Bay Islands of Roatan and Utila have access to the same Mesoamerican Barrier Reef as Belize, and the colorful corals and swarms of tropical fish serve as a magnet for scuba divers. On the mainland, there is enough jungle trekking, whitewater rafting on the Cangregal River and biological diversity amid the forests and mangrove swamps to satisfy even the most rabid outdoors adventurer.

Mayan Ruins

Deep in the interior of the Honduran highlands is the lost Mayan city of Copan. While Copan is not the largest of the ruined Mayan cities, Frommer's described it as "the most artistically important." This is due to the large number of relatively intact structures and hieroglyphic carvings. Overall, what Copan lacks in size it makes up for in the well-preserved state of its stone carvings. The ruins are also deep in the highland jungle, so getting to them is a minor adventure in its own right. Copan's jungle location also makes it at least as much of a tropical bird-watching zone as an archaeological zone

If you decide to travel to Honduras:

Avoid demonstrations

Be aware of your surroundings.

Avoid walking or driving at night.

Do not physically resist any robbery attempt.

Be extra vigilant when visiting banks or ATMs.

Do not display signs of wealth, such as wearing expensive watches or jewelry.

Exercise caution using cell phones in public, including inside of cars while stopped in traffic.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas. 

Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.

Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.

Review the Crime and Safety Report for Honduras.



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Honduras is a country in Central America. Honduras borders the Caribbean Sea and the North Pacific Ocean. Guatemala lies to the west, Nicaragua south east and El Salvador to the south west. Honduras is the second largest Central American republic, with a total area of 112,890 square kilometres (43,590 sq mi).


Taxis in large cities like Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula are common. They are called directos by locals, and it is expected that you should negotiate the price before departing, since they do not run on a meter. The same applies for any taxis on the bay islands. You can call Taxis Kennedy (+11-504-552-1160) in San Pedro Sula or Airport Taxis (+11-504-233-1115) in Tegucigalpa.


Languages Spoken

The Spanish is the official language in Honduras (English is spoekn in the Bay Islands). According to the world's Ethnologue, there are 10 languages spoken in Honduras. Out of these, there are five indigenous languages which are often spoken. They include Garifuna, Miskito, Sumo, Pech, and Jicaque. The Garifuna is spoken by about 100,000 Hondurans of the Garifuna population.


The official currency is the Honduras Lempira. USA dollars are accepted at most businesses, and Euros are only accepted on a limited basis in the destinations where European travelers are more common, such as Copan, Utila and Roatan. Credit cards are widely accepted within Honduras. You will not have any problem paying with your Visa or Mastercard. 

Travelers must declare any amount over $10,000.



One page required for entry stamp.


No for stays of up to 90 days.

To enter Honduras, you need:

A U.S. passport with at least six months validity.

Evidence of onward travel. For stays of up to 90 days, you do not need a visa for tourism.

Visit the Embassy of Honduras website or any of the Honduran consulate websites for the most current visa information.


Electricity in Honduras is 120V, with a frequency of 60hz. Primary wall outlet types:

Type B (NEMA 5-15) and Type A (NEMA 1-15)
Voltage: 110-120 volts AC @ 60 Hz
This is essentially identical to the electrical systems in the United States and Canada, so travelers from North America generally need not concern themselves with adapters and converters and other gadgets. For the most part, North American items plug in and operate there just as they do at home.


Required: Honduras currently requires travelers arriving from Panama and every nation in South America to present proof of yellow fever vaccine.

Suggested: measles, rubella, rabies, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid.

Emergency Calls

Emergency 911

Ambulance 195

Police 199

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The coastal lowlands are humid and hot, with temperatures ranging from 28 to 35°C plus. Central highlands are cooler.

Usually the rainy season lasts from May to October, although there is often a three-to-four-week dry spell in August. Hurricanes are most likely to strike the Caribbean coast of Honduras between September and November.

July 16th is the date of the all-night dancing competition and peak of the Garifuna Festival in Baja Mar.

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Stay at Small Hotels to Insure an Authentic Honduras Experience

To achieve an authentic Honduras experience while traveling through Honduras, you will first need to plan y our trip. I am happy to share some tips so that you can live a great experience while in Honduras. There is a Small Hotel Association of Honduras that has hotel members throughout Honduras. Hotels must have between 5 and 50 rooms to belong to this association. Most have between 5 and 30 rooms. These small hotels are both in the large cities as well as in the smaller cities. There are even some in the rural areas of Honduras. 

Spending More Time in the Small Cities and Rural Communities

About half of Honduras’ population lives in rural areas. As a general rule, you will have a better opportunity to interact with people in the rural areas. The Lenca Route is a great area to meet the Lenca people and have an authentic Honduran experience. Throughout that region, you can visit coffee farms, learn about coffee and meet the people that make it possible for you to enjoy a great cup of coffee in the morning. This area includes the cities of Santa Rosa de Copan, Gracias, La Esperanza and Siguatepeque.

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How long can you stay in Honduras?

The answer is up to a total of 120 days or 4 months. This is how long you can stay in Honduras!

Tap water is not recommended to drink in Roatan. All good restaurants and hotels will provide purified water or use purified water in food preparation. Purified water can be bought easily throughout the country.

The majority of snakes on Roatan are boa constrictors, and what the islanders like to call “Captain Sawyers”. Nearly all are constrictor-type snakes, and the only venomous snake is the coral snake, which hardly anyone has seen and there are no recorded bites on Roatan.

Visitors to Honduras must obtain a visa from one of the Honduran diplomatic missions unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries. All visitors must hold a passport valid for 3 months.

Honduras is known for its rich natural resources, including minerals, coffee, tropical fruit, and sugar cane, as well as for its growing textiles industry, which serves the international market.

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